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Spring Has Sprung in the Shenandoah Valley

We are in love with spring in the Shenandoah Valley! The flowers start blooming, produce begins to be harvested and the abundance of new life blanketing the land is stunning. Here are some of our favorite things that come with Spring in Virginia!

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Incredible Produce From the Local Farms

The winter was kind to us and we get to reap the rewards this spring. Guests at our Virginia bed and breakfast get to enjoy wonderful fresh produce from our local farms, such as pea shoots, baby vegetables, asparagus and more. We also have fresh dirt tomatoes that are locally grown and any foodie knows there is nothing that beats a fresh tomato off the vine.

Great Celebrations with Easter and Mother’s Day

Come celebrate Easter with a brunch or dinner to remember at La Table Provencale. We also offer the perfect surprise for the mother in your life with a getaway for Mother’s Day. Say “I love you” with the most relaxing and lovely spring getaway filled with great food, laughter, wine tasting and more. Make 2017 the year of exceptional and memorable celebrations.

  • Easter Sunday, April 16th – Brunch: 11:30-2:00pm Dinner: 3:00-8:00pm
  • Mother’s Day Sunday, May 14th – Brunch: 11:30-2:30pm Dinner: 3:00-7:00pm

Vineyards Start to Bud

There is never a bad time to enjoy wine tasting with some of the most incredible vineyards Virginia has to offer. However, there is something beautiful about seeing the vines come to life again with fresh buds on the vine. Below are a couple of our favorite vineyards in the Shenandoah Wine Trail.

  • Linden Vineyards – a lovely 4,000 case winery and vineyard that produces some wonderful wines.
  • RdV Vineyards – set on 16 acres this beautiful vineyard in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains offers world-class Bordeaux-style blends.

“Neither Bordeaux or Napa, but uniquely our own.” – RdV Vineyards

Hiking, Biking, Walking & Nature

Getting outdoors becomes a treat in the spring. From walking around the The State Arboretum of Virginia viewing the blooming plants, to hiking or biking around the Shenandoah Valley, we have something for everyone.

Join us for a spring getaway to remember.

Virginia Wine Festivals

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The Shenandoah Valley, along the western border of Virginia, is one of the best places to visit for wine lovers from all over the country. The natural beauty of the area pairs nicely with some of the greatest cuisine, the most romantic Virginia getaways, and of course, the best wine.

Experience Virginia wine country with Virginia wine festivals, events, and more. Stay with us at our french-inspired Shenandoah Valley bed and breakfast to experience it all!

Look forward to…

Wine & Jazz Festival, June 24, 2017

Come out for a day of wine and jazz from 1:00pm-7:00pm with Wine & Jazz Festival at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA. Get a tour of the museum, enjoy tastings from different wineries, and a souvenir glass to take home to remember your wine getaway by. There will be craft and food vendors as well as a remarkable musical line-up. Make sure you carve out the whole afternoon, as there will be enough festivities to last the entire day.fabulous Virginia wine festivals

Wine Fest, August 26, 2017

Save the date! Belle Grove Historic Plantation’s Wine Fest in Middletown will take place in late summer. Check back here for more details.

Wine and Trotter Festival, October 1-2, 2017

This fall, make your way to the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds and Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock, VA for Wine and Trotter Festival. Enjoy two full days of festivities with samples from more than 10 different Virginia wineries, food and craft vendors, and more.

Three-Day Wine Tour

Spend three days in a wine-lovers heaven with our three-day wine tour. We have the details already figured out for you, all you need to do is book your stay and get ready to have an amazing time!

Wednesday Wine Tastings

Get your weekly sips in with us Wednesdays at 5:00pm at La Table Provencale Bar & Lounge. Savor wine tastings and canapés made by Chef Steven Ferrell and our Sommelier. It’s the perfect midweek pick-me-up for only $25 per person. Call 540-837-1375 for reservations or book online. Walk-ins welcome as well!

Your Perfect Romantic Escape

Your Perfect Romantic Escape

It’s time to celebrate love! With the cozy feel of winter and Valentine’s Day coming up, now is the time to start thinking about where you and your other half will be getting away for some relaxation and quality time together.

Escape to the Shenandoah Valley in gorgeous Virginia and enjoy an incredible stay with us at our French-inspired White Post, VA inn.

Here’s a little taste of what you can look forward to…

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Incredible Romance Package – When you stay with us, you can indulge in the Royal Treatment Package, which includes an hour long couples massage, breakfast delivered to your room, chocolate covered strawberries, scattered rose petals, and flameless candles set up in your room while you’re at dinner, chilled sparkling wine to toast to a wonderful life together, and a welcome gift. The cost is $395, plus the cost of your room.

An Unforgettable Valentine’s Day Dinner – Stay with us for Valentine’s Day and take advantage of the delicious dinner we have planned! Join us on February 14th and enjoy a four or five course meal from our prix fixe menu along with selections from our “Lovers’ Tasting Menu.” Pair this dinner with an overnight stay in one of our romantic rooms and you’ll have all the ingredients for a picture perfect Valentine’s Day getaway! If you can’t make it on the 14th, we’re offering this special dinner the weekend before and after the holiday too! this Call 540-837-1375 for reservations and inquiries.

Wine Tours

Wine Tours – Embark on a true Virginia wine country experience with a wine tour or two. Visit gorgeous Virginia vineyards, taste the best local wines, and indulge in the full experience. With the breathtaking scenery and so many wonderful wineries at your fingertips, you’ll feel as if you’ve escaped to the French countryside! Check out our full and detailed list of vineyards and wineries to visit.

Winter West Coast Wine Dinner – Don’t miss this incredible dining event at La Table Provencale on February 26th! Here, you’ll be taken on a culinary and wine-filled journey through the states California, Oregon, and Washington with fresh local cuisine and the best paired varietals. This four hour experience is just $145 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Please call 540-837-1375 for reservations or book online.

Free Heart Cake

Free Heart Cake – Indulge in a decadent heart-shaped cake and enjoy it with your loved one to celebrate Valentine’s Day or just because.Your cake will be in your room upon arrival. No need to request it – this will automatically be included in your February reservation.

Lowest Rates of the Year – Take advantage of the lowest rates of the year and treat yourselves to a romantic stay in the Shenandoah Valley… you deserve it!

Best Things to Do in Virginia This Season

October and November in the Shenandoah Valley is absolutely divine. The air is a bit chilly but not so cold that you cannot spend a little bit of time outside enjoying the views. The Virginia fall foliage is gorgeous too. We know it can be hard to narrow down what to do during your stay, but not to worry, we’ve compiled a list of the absolute best ways to enjoy fall in Virginia this season.

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Go on a Wine Tour

If you love wine, wish to experience all that Virginia Wine Country has to offer, but aren’t into planning, our White Post, VA inn has the perfect package for you! We offer chauffeured wine tours. These four hour tours with our own Sommelier Christian Borel and Wine Director Celeste Borel. See the sites, take in the scenery, and learn about the wonderful wine that makes this area so special. Learn more here.

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Savor a Spiced Cider

Nothing says fall quite like a spicy, flavorful cider. The Shenandoah Valley offers many local cideries that are unique to the area and offer a little something for everyone. We recommend visiting Winchester Cider Works and Wild Hare Hard Cider for a start. Visit our full list of recommendations here.

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Experience the Lounge & Bar at La Table Provencale

If you haven’t yet spent some time relaxing and enjoying a few drinks at our new bar & lounge, now is the time! Join us every 1st and 3rd Friday 5:00-7:00pm through December 11th at the La Table Provencale Bar & Lounge for beer tastings and canapés. 4 craft beers and 4 canapés will be featured along with beers from Susquehanna Brewing Company, Escutcheonon Brewing Co., and more. At only $25 per person this is a must! *Excludes holidays.

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Attend a Fabulous Wine Dinner

Join us on November 13, 12:30-4:00pm for a special event featuring wines from Linden Vineyards and RdV Vineyards. Our La Table Provencale wine dinners are something extra special to add to your itinerary. Join us this fall season for an incredible dining and wine event. Our guests love to catch one of these special events on their visit, and if your late Autumn getaway will be taking you to Virginia’s wine country, you’re in luck! Hardscrabble Chardonnay and Hardscrabble Cabernet will be featured with expert food pairings and more fabulous and flavorful pairings that you will have to taste to believe!

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Cozy Up & Rekindle Romance

Fall is the perfect time of year to get away with your loved one and enjoy some special time together. Fall can be busy so take some time for yourselves and enjoy life’s simple pleasure. Who says your vacation itinerary has to be jam packed? Leave a few days free and just savor every moment of cozy, romantic relaxation. You deserve a retreat!

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Enjoy a Local Brew!

There are many terrific local breweries close to us in White Post. There are so many to choose from, you will have to visit more than once

Now that your itinerary is full of our festive favorites, all that’s left to do is pack your favorite cozy scarf and some boots and hit the road! We’ll be here to greet you to a harvest time wonderful at our White Post, VA bed and breakfast.

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Top Breweries & Cideries in Virginia

Taste the best of Virginia this season! There are many terrific breweries and cideries near our White Post, VA inn.

Ready to sample the richest flavors of the area? Discover the best of the best places in Virginia to sit back and enjoy a refreshing beer or flavorful cider.

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Escutcheon Brewing Co

Born out of simple love for beer, Escutcheon Brewing Co was created by two brew enthusiasts who strive to brew “the right way”. The best ingredients are used to create a perfect brew, pint after pint.

Open Wednesday 4:00-8:00 pm, Thursday-Friday 4:00-10:00 pm, Saturday 12:00-10:00 pm & Sunday 12:00-8:00 pm

142 W Commercial St, Winchester, VA 22601

540-773-3042

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Winchester Brew Works

With 9 beers on tap and a full tasting room, this location is keen on keeping things “fresh and interesting”. Winchester Brew Works is a thriving 3-barrel nano-company and currently the only majority woman-owned and brewed location in Virginia.

Open Sunday 12:00-9:00 pm, Monday & Thursday 4:00-9:00 pm, Friday 4:00-10:00 pm & Saturday 12:00-11:00 pm

320 N Cameron St, Winchester, VA 22601

540-692-9242

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Backroom Brewery

Located in the heart of Shenandoah River Valley, this local favorite is a boutique farm brewery that originated as a herb farm that grew culinary and medicinal herbs. It is now the first ever farm brewery in the area!

Open daily 11:00 am-9:00 pm

150 Ridgemont Rd, Middletown, VA 22645

540-869-8482

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Winchester Cider Works

This destination for delicious Virginia cider was established in a collaborative effort between a local apple grower and an engineer from English with a love a good quality cider. They combined their passions to bring the best cider to the American drinking public.

Open Saturday-Sunday 12:00-5:00 pm

2504 N Frederick Pick, Winchester, VA 22603

540-550-3800

 

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Wild Hare Hard Cider

This micro-cidery is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is made from fruit right from the orchards of Shenandoah Valley.

Open Friday-Sunday 12:00-6:00 pm

33735 Snickersville Turnpike #104, Bluemont, VA 20135

703-216-8630

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Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery

Stop by this wonderful location for craft ciders. Choose from ciders with fresh ginger and co-fermented varieties.

“Our style can best be described as eclectic and accessible, for we believe there should be a cider to suit a wide variety of tastes and food pairings.”

Open Tuesday-Sunday 12:00-6:00 pm

Middleburg, Virginia

540-687-8100

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Old 690 Brewing Company

Don’t forget about this local gem. Old 690 was one of the first limited breweries to open in the state. On a mission to “brew and serve a unique yet balanced variety of fresh craft beers”, this one is a must-top. As a fun added bonus, 690 is pet-friendly!

Open Friday 5:00-9:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am-9:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm

Purcellville, VA

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Cobbler Mountain Cellars

Enjoy pint parties, pumpkin harvest and incredible beverages at Cobbler Mountain Cellars in Delaplane, Virginia. This family farm was brought back to life and now has

Open Thursday-Sunday and Mondays 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (During warmer months Sat. & Suns. until 6 p.m. May – October) They are closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays unless by reservation.

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Sunflower Cottage Brewery

With refreshing beer and a full menu, you can enjoy the Virginia craft beer scene here anytime! Stop in and enjoy a flight, glass, or even a reusable growler! Sunflower Cottage truly has something for everyone. Check out their extensive menu.

Open Wednesday – Monday until 9:00 pm

 

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Delight in a Taste of France This Fall

Wine Taste DinnerClose your eyes and picture this… the air has a slight chill in it but the sun is warm on your face. It’s early October and you are on a weekend getaway in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Away from work and everyday responsibilities, you are indulging in a weekend of relaxation and romance with your love. It’s Sunday afternoon, the end of your luxurious weekend retreat and you break away from your comfortable room and head to a beautiful multi-course wine dinner. You spend the evening sampling delectable food and wine pairings from France’s wine regions.

Grapes and wine in VirginiaHow does that sound? We think it sounds like the perfect way to unwind and savor the early fall weather. Guests love adding our wine dinners to their itineraries for the perfect romantic getaway, honeymoon, anniversary trip, or just a much-needed break. Treat yourself to a weekend getaway and save your spot for our Tour de France Afternoon Wine Dinner now… it’s going to fabulous! Here are a few more details…

France Wine CellarOctober 2nd 2016

Meet & Greet @ 12:30 & Afternoon Dinner @ 1:00pm-4:30pm

Spend an afternoon touring the wine regions of France, with sommelier Christian Borel. We will be paring wine and food from each wine region of France. From Alsace to the Languedoc, the cuisine and wines are each unique and you will have the chance to sample each and choose a favorite. Chef Steven Ferrell will be utilizing ingredients from the best of Shenandoah Valley’s harvest season to bring you the Culinary Tour de France, a delectable masterpiece! The afternoon will be a multi-course affair that you won’t soon forget. Save your spot today and get ready to ring in the fall season the best way possible.

See a sneak peek of the menu here!

Call 1.540.837.1375 for reservations or book online to reserve your spot. We can’t wait to have you join us!

Delicious Bliss at L’Auberge Provencale

eat outside at top Virginia restaurantVirginia is a gorgeous place to spend the summer. There’s lots to do around our french-inspired White Post bed and breakfast. Our rooms are comfortable and come with an array of luxurious amenities. But one of our guests’ favorite things about the property is the food! La Table Provencale is an award winning Northern Virginia restaurant that is proud to serve the freshest local ingredients with a crowd pleasing menu everyone is sure to love. Pack your bags and your appetite and make your way to Virginia for the finest food and wine around!
the freshest ingredients at top Virginia restaurantIt’s harvest time in Virginia and the gardens and orchards around our property are in full use during these warm summer months. We gather the freshest, highest quality ingredients and put them to work making delicious entrees that you will savor with your loved one on warm summer evenings. Dine outside among the peaceful chirp of crickets and the glitter of fireflies. Whether in the warm sun or by romantic moonlight, the ambiance will be as delectable as the cuisine. Make your delicious time at the inn even more special with our newest package for couples who love to eat great food and sample fine wine!

savor a wine picnic at top White Post bed and breakfastSip & Savor Special

Enjoy a two night stay in one of our cozy suites or premier rooms, tasting of red, white, and rose wine on the terrace or in the bar & lounge, then join us for farm to table dining at La Table Provencale and enjoy a $50 dinner credit. As a parting gift, you’ll receive a jar of our homemade jam or jelly from our orchard to enjoy. For an extra pampering treat, add a couples massage for $115.00 per person. Go on a one-of-a-kind wine tour for more luxurious sipping this summer too!

  • Package Price for PREMIER ROOMS: 575.00
  • Package price for SUITES: 650.00

Sunday-Friday, no third party gift certificates, cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts, available now through August 26.

Want to get your taste buds watering early? View our amazing bar menu here.

5 Things Not to Miss in Virginia This Summer

It’s officially summertime and you deserve a break! Take some time off of work and plan a Virginia summer vacation like no other! It’s time to unwind, be pampered and enjoy. Stay with us at our Virginia bed and breakfast and enjoy these 5 must-do events and activities.

Summer fun in Virginia includes the River and Roots Festival with music, good food & more!
River and Roots Festival at Watermelon Park –
 Come out June 24-26th for a one-of-a-kind festival, farmers market, unique workshops and more, all on the shores of the Shenandoah River. Also enjoy music featuring Tim O’Brien, The Keel Brothers, Furnace Mountain and many more! Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Have some summer fun in Virginia with a beautiful fireworks display and more 4th of July events!
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– Join us for a spectacularly breathtaking fireworks show on July 3rd at 9pm in Jim Barnett Park, Winchester. Food vendors and moon bounces will be nearby and the outdoor pool will be open until 8:45pm for fun before the fireworks start. Then grab a blanket to sit on and enjoy the show on a warm summer’s evening.

The 62nd Annual Clarke County Fair – July 4th – 6-10pm. Enjoy a concert and fireworks  with Clarke Community Band and fireworks at dusk. Bring your whole family or your loved one and celebrate Independence Day together!

Summer fun in Virginia isn't complete without a delectable wine dinner - enjoy with friends and family!

Divine Wine Dinner – Discover the Regions of Italy with us, July 17th, 12:30-4:30pm. Arrive at 12:30 for a Meet and Greet with a wonderful dinner to follow. Sample from various wine regions of Italy and enjoy perfectly paired food that coordinates with the region’s cuisine. Jason Bise from the Country Vintner will be on hand along with Sommelier Christian Borel to match the wine and food created by Chef Steven Ferrell. We will be utilizing produce, herbs, and vegetables from our gardens and ingredients procured locally as they would do in Italy! The afternoon will be a multi-course affair. Dress is summer casual.

Book early as the Italian Wine Dinners are very popular!

Summer fun in Virginia isn't complete without some fine dining at our gourmet restaurant.

Pamper Yourself with our Red, White & You Package – Enjoy a two night stay in one of our cozy suites or premier rooms, tasting of red, white, and rose wine on the terrace or in the bar & lounge, then join us for farm to table dining at La Table Provencale and enjoy a $50 dinner credit. As a parting gift, you’ll receive a jar of our homemade jam or jelly from our orchard to enjoy.

For an extra pampering treat, add a couples massage for $115.00 per person.

Package Price for PREMIER ROOMS: 575.00

Package price for SUITES: 650.00

Sunday-Friday, no 4th of July weekend, no third party gift certificates, cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts, available now through August 15.

Now comes the hard part… choosing when to stay and which events to attend! Check your calendars and then book with us today. We look forward to hosting you in Virginia!

Voted Best of Virginia 2016!

Our Virginia bed and breakfast has been voted one of the Best of Virginia 2016!

We are excited and honored to say that we have been voted one of the Best of Virginia 2016 by Virgina Living! Thank you to Virginia Living’s dedicated readers for voting for us! The Best of Virginia 2016 special issue can be purchased online at Shop.VirginiaLiving.com if you are interested in reading more about our favorite state and the home of our Virginia bed and breakfast.

Our Virginia bed and breakfast features luxurious rooms.

Will you be visiting Virginia soon? Let us host you at our inn where you will enjoy a classic and romantic experience. The suites and rooms are beautifully decorated and comfortable, perfect for a relaxing stay. In the mornings you will enjoy a gourmet breakfast with fresh fruit, house made granola, baked goods, and more. Be sure to visit La Table Provençale to savor fresh cuisine made from the best local ingredients. When you’re ready for a getaway, check our availability and book at your leisure!

 

Glen Manor Vineyards Wine Dinner June 5

There’s still time to book your travel plans and make it to our Virginia b&b in time for one of our favorite wine events of the year!

Wine events in Virginia are divine. Save the date for this one-of-a-kind Glen Manor Vineyards Wine Dinner featuring local wine & food

Save the Date! June 5, 2016

Meet & Greet at 12:30pm

Dinner 1pm to 4pm

Make your way to this delightful L’Auberge wine dinner with your friends, family, or loved one. Glen Manor Vineyards is located in Virginia, west of Washington D.C. Its unique location with mountains surrounding it makes for a beautiful place to spend time. You will enjoy this special area as much as you will enjoy the food!

Enjoy a farm to table style dinner featuring Virginia wines from Glen Manor Vineyard. Vinter Jeff White will be on hand to describe the wines, his vineyard and the philosophy and future of the Virginia wine industry. This one-of-a-kind alfresco event will include a whole roast pig, local produce, a Rappahannock oyster bar, and so much more.

Wine events in Virginia are divine. Save the date for this one-of-a-kind Glen Manor Vineyards Wine Dinner featuring local wine & food.

Look forward to enjoying this divine menu:

First Course:

  • Rappahannock Oyster Duo
  • Provencal Tomato Bread Salad
  • Deviled Eggs: smoked salmon, salmon caviar, eggs
  • Cherry Glen Farm Goat Cheese Selection
  • Housemade Head Cheese & Garden Pickles

Second Course:

  • Earth-cooked Heritage Oaks Farm Berkshire Pork
  • Roasted Shenandoah Seasonal vegetables, preserved lemon grilled asparagus
  • Tarragon & boursin marble potato salad

Third Course:

  • Jerry’s Berries Fruit Tart
  • Virginia Honey Cake
  • Goat Milk Baked Custard & Caramel

$135 per person.

Wine events in Virginia are divine. Save the date for this one-of-a-kind Glen Manor Vineyards Wine Dinner featuring local wine & food.

Get your mouth watering with this wine list preview:

As if the delicious food weren’t enough reason to attend, Chef Steven Farrellis will also be at this event and will be creating delectable dishes with ingredients and produce from local farms. Chef Ferrell, our gourmet chef of La Table Provençale, is a seasoned professional with an impressive background. He prides himself on presenting the best dishes in the Shenandoah Valley. Rick Supchak from Heritage Oaks Grange will be there to talk about GMO free, local foods as well.

Consider making this special event part of a weekend getaway; the dinner is on a Sunday, after all! Check our availability today and get excited to kick off summer with this lovely event.

Call 1.540.837.1375 to reserve your spot for the wine tasting dinner. We can’t wait to have you join us!

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